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Annette Bening honored at the 26th SBFF with American Riviera Award

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After attending this event hosted by festival director Roger Durling who created his Valentine event to Annette which truly came from the heart, I give my vote to Annette Bening for Best Actress. Many reasons moved me to this after seeing clips from her film legacy. Her passion for theatre in which presenter and Oscar winner Kevin Costner called her our Katherine Hepburn and a Woman for All Seasons and then told her to come over and give him a hug. This was part of the final moments of the trib...

New discovery of Recent Spanish Cinema XVI in Hollywood

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By Ron Gilbert I must applaud Christopher Columbus who was commissioned by the Spanish Crown of Queen Isabella and discovered America in 1492. .Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo officially set foot in California is 1542 and for over 400 years we have had the pleasure of the influence of Spain. In the current film program of Recent Spanish Cinema XVI at the historic Egyptian Theatre Hollywood which is the home of the American Cinematheque we are again exploring the filmmaker talent from SpainWe are traveli...

A New discovery of Recent Spanish Cinema XVI in Hollywood

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A New discovery of Recent Spanish Cinema XVI in Hollywood By Ron Gilbert I must applaud Christopher Columbus who was commissioned by the Spanish Crown of Queen Isabella and discovered America in 1492. .Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo officially set foot in California is 1542 and for over 400 years we have had the pleasure of the influence of Spain. In the current film program of Recent Spanish Cinema XVI at the historic Egyptian Theatre Hollywood which is the home of the American Cinematheque we...

A Gracious and Grateful Closing Night at ARPA International Film Festival

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A Gracious and Grateful Closing Night at ARPA International Film Festival By Ron Gilbert   On one of the warmest evenings the closing night at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, Alex Kalognomos the festival’s artistic director introduced the hostess actress Raya Meddine  who welcomed everyone in 6 languages The event was attended by many celebrities and dignitaries including Grigor Hovhannissian, Consul General of the Republic of Armenia I was very tak...

The 3rd Los Angeles Irish Film Festival Opened with Music and Wit

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The 3rd Los Angeles Irish Film Festival Opened with Music and Wit by Ron Gilbert I have attended this festival from the beginning and it has grown in leaps and bounds. Last night was the best one yet. Even though we are in the heart of Hollywood at the Linwood Dunn Theatre, if feels like Ireland, The beautiful and gracious festival director and founder, Lisa McLaughlin fills the atmosphere with her smile and charms us all. .Even in these difficult times sponsors like the Irish ...

The Last Rites of Ransom Pride an Authentic Western

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The Last Rites of Ransom Pride, an Authentic Western film By Ron Gilbert When you enter a theater to watch a film, it should you really want it to be an experience. So best not to read the press kit or the other film festival reviews. because you do not want to prejudice your reactions to the film if possible. So I went to a late night screening at the Laemmle Sunset Five Theatres to see The Last Rites of Ransom Pride. From the opening shot of the film I knew that this was goi...

Chain Letter is a horror thriller epic

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Revealing the talent of Deon Taylor and Chain Letter, his film By Ron Gilbert I feel like I have been in a chain letter with Deon Taylor which started over a month ago with a phone interview to his home in Sacramento . We spoke about his beginnings in his film career and his former days as a basketball player in Europe prior to my viewing his film on DVD. After seeing Chain Letter, I could not fathom that this sweet and personal guy was the director of this horror ...

Revealing the talent of Deon Taylor and Chain Letter, his film

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I feel like I have been in a chain letter with Deon Taylor which started over a month ago with a phone interview to his home in Sacramento . We spoke about his beginnings in his film career and his former days as a basketball player in Europe prior to my viewing his film on DVD. After seeing Chain Letter, I could not fathom that this sweet and personal guy was the director of this horror film which moves Deon to the top of my list in the horror thriller genre.My daughter Lea and I went to the wo...

“Ahead of Time” a fascinating documentary on Ruth Gruber

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“Ahead of Time” a fascinating documentary on Ruth Gruber By Ron Gilbert   Ruth Gruber was really ahead of her time.” I am experiencing that feeling of zest which goes with exploration. I am in the thick of an historic moment” were the first lines she dispatched from the Soviet Artic in 1935. I felt exactly like that as I watched it. This special documentary which had its LA Premiere at the LA Jewish Film Festival was presented with the help and associat...

You will meet a Tall Dark Stranger the film fulfills that promise

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You will meet a Tall Dark Stranger the film fulfills that promise By Ron Gilbert When I heard the  song,” When you wish Upon a Star”, originally sung by Jiminy Cricket, who serves as the official conscience for Pinocchio in the classic Disney film, in the opening frames of this film ,Woody had me. That pulled in memories of my childhood and the hopes and dreams we wish for. Woody Allen is sort of a Jiminy Cricket as a director. He makes you laugh and cry and connects you ...

Enter the Void a film trip you must take

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 Enter the Void a film trip you must take By Ron Gilbert Gasper Noe is a director who has a vision which I have never seen, I did not need to take any drugs to watch this film but I got very high watching it.For a moment there was a similarity to the films, Requiem for a Dream and You Can Count on Me but this film enters a whole new realm. Peter Fonda should rush out to see it because of his participation in the Roger Corman film “The Trip” with the late Dennis Hopper and ...

Never Let Me Go is an Oscar Contender

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Never Let Me Go is an Oscar Contender By Ron Gilbert The Oscar race for best actress has begun; Carey Mulligan will be a contender. There are many great elements to the film but, Carey Mulligan's (Kathy) phenomenal performance is the main focus of the film), l After seeing her performance in this film you realize that this actress has “IT” Keira Knightley (Ruth) is also a big surprise showing me her depth as an actress  in this film and also in director Massy Tadjed...

Martin Landau discusses Lovely Still

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Martin Landau and Ellen Burstyn are in “LovelyStill” the filmby Ron Gilbert  How does a young director/ writer with no feature filmcredits woo 2 Oscar winning actors to star in his film in Omahaduring a cold winter? The answer is finding a great mentor, Martin Landau.Martin has been a driving force on the NY stage followed by an award winning careerin   TV and films. In addition to hisbusy work schedule he is the West Coast Artistic Director of the famed ActorsStudio along with director ...

NEWSLETTER N° 475: September 3, 2010

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Bran Nue Dae Rocks and Rolls

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Falling in love with Bran Nue Daeby Ron GilbertJust to be teenager again and with music to make your hearbeat faster. From the opening scene you know that you will be in store for areal treat. Even though I was unfamiliar as to the origins of this film, I couldimmediately see why it was such a big hit as a staged musical.Bran Nue Dae has a long and influential history in Australia.Set in the summer of 1969The story was inspired by the teenage experiences of writer/musician Jimmy Chi and the memb...

NEWSLETTER N° 474: August 26, 2010

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NEWSLETTER N° 473: August 20, 2010

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The Invocation is very provocative

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"Emmanuel Itier provokes in  “The Invocation” by Ron Gilbert Emmanuel and I satdown in his suite at the Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood to discuss his journey. I have known him for over 20 yearsand after seeing his film, The Invocation, I discovered what I didn’t knowabout him. So we let the fur fly on this interview and there were no holdsbarred.  RGEmmanuel I just wantyou to know that since we are very close friends you can let me know aboutanything that you do not want me to pu...

NEWSLETTER N° 472: july 21, 2010

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NEWSLETTER N° 471: july 10, 2010

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Las Vegas Film Festival in 110 Heat, Yes, That Sucks

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Do we give a sh*t about Vegas and its film festival? If you're Hollywood, you kind of look at it like an artifact on the artifact. A facsimile hatched together for the Sunset Boulevard  devotee/autograph-seeking/souvenir-collecting fan-based crowd.   Which is to say that in 110 F degree heat, stuck in Hooter's with a bunch of paunchy middle aged doofs looking for p-u-s-s-y, there are many other things one of the film persuasion might consider doing... laundry, for exampl...

NEWSLETTER N° 470: july 2, 2010

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NEWSLETTER N° 469: june 25, 2010

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Who's got the buzzzz & "Where's the elephant party?!"

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Ron Gilbert and I raced from the screening of "Farewell" last night, looking for the drinks. "Let's go the Elephant party!!" he was saying, and who can resist a line like that. "The elephants are all the way down the end there", he said, scanning LA live cinemas 1, 2, 3, 4 and... nothing. "Where are the elephants?" he asked the first person to step into the elevator, "and did you see the zeppelin film?". We'd been hoping to see the premie...

Los Angeles Film Festival Lights up Hollywood Downtown

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A crystal clear night set in the backdrop of the Staples Center where the LA Lakers came out on top in the NBA FinalsLAFF brought out the stars both in the sky and on the red carpet on the opening night screening of “The Kids are All Right” at the Regal Cinemas. Director Lisa Cholodenko has created a comedy which deals with parenthood in this day and age which has taken on a whole new twist and both gay and heterosexual audiences will have something to smile about. Nic (Annette Bening )and J...
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